not your every lunchtime visit to Wokmania that ends up
finishing at a County League football ground in *shudder*
Lancing, but Tuesday saw just that for the WeAreBrighton.com
1.04pm the official text came through: "POYET NEW
ALBION" was the title. Typical bloody Albion, they
can't even send a text message without cocking it up.
"Get in!" was the immediate reaction, and a
few text messages were fired back and forth. And that
was that, now for a bit of Chinese grub.
However, after the meal (six quid for all-you-can-eat
Chinese can't be, err, scoffed at, even if the quality
isn't particularly immaculate) it seemed perfect sense
to have a pint to wash it down with. Now, only Albion
sad cases would be sat in the pub (The Wagon & Horses)
checking out the supporters' reaction on an internet message
via their mobile phone, but sure enough that's what
happened. And it was then we discovered that our new South
American boss was in fact sat only a few hundred yards
away, at the Grand Hotel. "F*ck it, shall we go?"
was the question, and we immediately set off on Poyet
BBC Radio Sussex van waited outside the grounds, with
one lonely looking Albion fan doing the same as us. Stalking.
A quick check of the car park revealed absolutely bugger
all, as it's all locked up. Our wild goose chase had ended
as soon as it had begun we figured. How wrong could you
there he was, on the sea front, complete with two tubs
worth of hair gel, about 20 photographers/reporters, Tony
Bloom and Ken Brown. Brilliant! And with the kind help
of club press officer Paul Camillin and photographer Paul
Hazlewood, we got to meet the new man. A WeAreBrighton exclusive
- the first fans to be photographed with the new manager
within hours of his confirmation as boss.
reserve match that evening was slightly less glamorous.
Further photo opportunities were going to be tricky, as
a crowd of around 400 (boosted by Poyet and free admission)
all tried to catch a glimpse of the new Albion boss, as
the reserves comfortably beat Millwall 4-1 with even
Craig Davies hitting the back of the net.
Even more of a surprise though was another one of our
the ultimate snap - a picture of Bloom and Poyet
the duo disappeared down the players tunnel, much to the
disappointment of everyone else. Another exclusive
- althought it is a shame about the dodgy hat.
to Lancing wasn't a complete lost cause though - Colin
Hawkins was there after all and who better (other than Poyet
and Bloom obviously) to have a picture with than The Hawk?!